Bobcat aims for lift-height supremacy with its most compact telehandler yet

By Larry StewartJanuary 11, 2023

Standard Power Bob-Tach attachment-mounting system allows operators to easily swap attachments without leaving the cab. (Photo: Bobcat)

Bobcat’s all-new TL519 telehandler is the most compact in the company’s current lineup. At just 6-feet wide, it just tops the lift-height market at its maximum of 19 feet 3 inches.

The TL519’s maximum capacity is 5,500 pounds, with a maximum capacity at full height of 3,968 pounds. At 6-feet wide and a 7-foot 9-inch wheelbase, the telehandler is compact and maneuverable, but not the smallest of telehandler on the market. The maximum height of similar-sized telehandlers tends to stop short of 19 feet, but there are models that will lift 4,400 to 5,500 pounds to their maximum height.

“The TL519 delivers the power, extended reach and maneuverability that customers need to tackle big jobs on confined jobsites,” said Bobcat Marketing Manager Drew Kolo. “Its ease of use and attachment versatility also make it the go-to machine for a wide range of applications.”

The TL519 is powered by a 74-hp engine through a two-speed hydrostatic transmission. Bobcat says their turbo-diesel ‘delivers high-torque performance and excellent efficiency.’ It complies with Tier 4 emissions limits without using a diesel particulate filter (DPF) or selective catalyst reduction (SCR).

Tailored to whatever work

The TL519 is equipped with four steering modes and five operation modes that allow operators to tailor machine performance and efficiency to a range of work demands.

Operating modes include:

  1. ECO mode maintains hydraulic performance without using the engine’s full power, working with lower rpm, less noise and lower fuel consumption.
  2. Smooth Drive mode simplifies carrying loads across jobsites with mild acceleration and deceleration.
  3. Dynamic Drive mode increases throttle responsiveness to accelerate and decelerate quicker for traveling between tasks.
  4. Flex Drive mode allows the operator to manage engine speed independently from travel speed.
  5. Advanced Attachment Control mode allows for full auxiliary hydraulic performance.
Advanced Attachment Control mode allows for full auxiliary hydraulic performance. (Photo: Bobcat)

The standard Power Bob-Tach attachment-mounting system allows operators to easily swap attachments without leaving the cab. The Bob-Tach also shares select attachments with other Bobcat equipment for greater versatility. From pallet forks and buckets to grapples and snow pushers, operators can conquer a variety of tasks without the need for specialty attachments.

Easy to operate

A single, intuitive joystick controls the travel direction, lift and tilt functions, boom extension, and auxiliary hydraulics. This gives the operator fine adjustment for lifting loads carefully. It also allows simultaneous control of several machine functions from one point, enabling more precise control and higher productivity without having to take your hand off the joystick.

Fingertip control access makes operation smooth, comfortable and easy. On the front side of the joystick, the directional switch for forward, neutral and reverse can be operated with the index finger. The two-speed travel switch, lift-arm float, boom extension, machine function settings and auxiliary hydraulics are located on the rear of the joystick.

The low-profile boom sits below operator eye level to provide an open view of the surroundings. Front, top and rear window wipers help keep windows free of debris and precipitation. Mirrors on the operator’s left and right provide added visibility when working in confined areas. An optional rear mirror kit, rear view camera kit and boom work light kit also are available.

The ROPS/FOPS cab is designed for high visibility and ergonomics, with a comfortable suspension seat, efficient HVAC system, and an easy-to-read instrumentation panel that Bobcat equipment operators will find familiar across R-Series machines.

The TL519 will be available to customers in North America starting in the second quarter of 2023.

(Photo: Bobcat)
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